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This is a cake my husband’s grandma used to make for family gatherings. Everyone always loved it. I hope you will too.
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt shortening and butter. Then stir in cocoa, then add water. Bring to a rapid boil. Remove from heat.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in butter mixture. Add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into a greased 10×15″ jelly roll pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Remove it from the oven and let it sit while you make the icing.
To prepare icing, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Then add the cocoa and milk and mix to combine. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and nuts. Mix well. Spread on warm cake.
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